I bet you’ve noticed that at Solutionary Insights we are excited about learning, and we’re also excited about helping you become expert child teaching guides. The success of any project depends upon on the quality of our preparation. Today’s focus is on establishing rapport. In order for children to positively learn from us, we must demonstrate that we are trustworthy, comfortable and a joy to be around. Others learn from us when we demonstrate qualities that they admire, respect and wish to emulate.
Take the first step.
Count Your Blessing!
Are you tired of children who whine, and complain? Take the lead and stop complaining, yourself!
Stop trying to find only what is wrong. Sadly, we only find what we are looking for. There are blessings all around, but focusing on what’s wrong, blinds us from seeing the many wonderful things that surround us. Choose to look for the good in everyone and your children will learn to do the same.
Be grateful for your children, who are God’s most precious gifts to us. Make an effort to appreciate their fine qualities. When we notice positive thoughts and actions, they are likely to be repeated.
On a recent visit to our house, two of my grandsons became pretty rowdy. It would have been easy to complain, or tell them what to do, but that would not have improved the situation. I had to pause and remind myself that it is better to think and plan before responding. So, I decided to acknowledge their energy and ask them if they would like to go outside to explore. I asked the shyer brother to be the leader as we played “Follow the Leader.” His attitude immediately changed as he accepted his new role, and became a leader. Then we decided to notice different shapes of houses, stones and mailboxes. Thinking minds are happy minds! Soon we were smiling, skipping down the street, finding patterns in nature, learning about house numbers and noticing things to learn more about.
Challenge: Initiate One Positive Change Today
Notice something positive about your child or remember an event during the day where he excelled. You can either tell him directly what you observed, or allow him to hear you tell someone else. Now design a learning activity that builds on that attribute. Be thankful for the opportunity to interact and grow together. Be grateful that you are learning to be a respected role model who teaches what you value.
Now take a moment to reflect.
- Who improved first, you or your child?
- Who benefitted?
- What improved in your relationship?
- Would you like to have more of these experiences?
Congratulations! You are on the right path to becoming an appreciative and grateful Role Model.
I’m cheering for you! Together we can make a difference!
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